Child Welfare SA: KwaDukuza talks 16 Days of Activism

2016-11-30 06:00

JYOTHI LALDAS

IMAGINE if, for 16 days, there was no rape and no child abuse. The 16 Days of Activism for No violence against Women and Children campaign challenges South Africans to declare a truce on violence against women and children and ultimately make it a permanent one. This campaign runs from 25 November to 10 December.

The theme is Count me in: Together moving a non-violent South Africa forward.

While the campaign runs for only 16 days each year, its objectives are reinforced by a year-long programme and a national plan combat abuse.
South Africa is still home to high levels of violence against its women and children, despite a world-renowned Constitution and a legislative overhaul that safeguards women’s and children’s rights.

The government, business, civil society organisations, faith-based organisations and the media are all participating in the drive to increase awareness of the negative impact of violence and abuse on women and children.

The campaign also aims to:

* Challenge the perpetrators of violence to change their behaviour.

* Involve men in helping to eradicate violence.

* Provide survivors with information on services and organisations that can help lessen the impact of violence in their lives.

To commemorate 16 Days of Activism Child Welfare SA: KwaDukuza will embark on the following programmes to educate the community to prevent violence against women and children.

As part of the society’s programme to commemorate 16 Days of No Violence Against Women and Children, a workshop was held on the different acts for all social workers.

The workshop was conducted by Advocate Ronita Lutchman from the KwaDukuza Department of Justice the workshop focused on the Sexual Offence Act, Older Person’s Act the Children’s Act and the Child Justice Act.

Social workers were equipped with knowledge on these acts to enable them to render more effective services to the community.

The society commenced with activities to commemorate 16 Days of Activism Against Child and Women Abuse last week with a child abuse prevention programme at a local school for both children and parents.

A team of five social workers headed by social worker Mr N. Bhengu, conducted the programme.

The aim of the programme was to educate parents and pupils on child abuse and the resources available in the community to deal with victims of child abuse and neglect.

The parenting programme was aimed at equipping parents with the necessary skills to care adequately for children.

Films on child abuse and domestic violence

During 16 Days of Activism, movies on child abuse and domestic violence will be shown to clients at the office to educate them on child abuse and domestic violence prevention.

Awareness programmes on child abuse and domestic violence

Awareness programmes will be held in areas with high incidence of child abuse and domestic violence.

Pamphlets outlining details on child abuse, domestic violence and the services rendered by the society will be distributed in the community.
Ward councillors, community workers and volunteers will be approached to assist.

The aim of the awareness programme is to reduce the high rate of child abuse and domestic violence in the identified areas and to educate women and children on their rights.

Awareness talks on women abuse will be conducted by social workers for welfare beneficiaries.

The SAPS and court personnel will be included to give educational talks on crime prevention to clients.

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